(10:20 a.m. EST) -- Seven Seas Mariner will be the last ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises' fleet to receive a major refurbishment, as part of the company's $125 million fleet refurbishment program. The ship will spend 20 days in drydock, beginning in April 2018, in Marseille, France, where it will receive new restaurants and a revamped décor in suites and public areas.
On the dining side, Seven Seas Mariner will replace its classic French restaurant, Signatures, with Regent's newer modern French restaurant Chartreuse (which debuted on Seven Seas Explorer and is also found on Voyager). The existing restaurant space will be transformed with new furniture, dishware and decor. Existing restaurants Compass Rose and Prime 7 will get updated looks as well, and Compass Rose will feature an expanded menu with customizable options. The Pool Grill will be updated with infrared barbecue grills and new buffet bars, all the better to highlight its enhanced lunch menu.
Suites will get a makeover, including the Regent Elite Slumber bed, new padded leather headboards and updated décor and furnishings. The pool deck will be re-imagined with a more open layout, new teak flooring and a mosaic-tiled pool. Indoor public spaces and hallways will receive new carpeting, art and furniture. Many rooms will be remodeled, including the library, casino and onboard shops. In the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, treatment rooms will be updated with pebble-stone tiles and light-wood accents, and the fitness center will be outfitted with new workout machines.
Post-dry dock, Seven Seas Mariner will reposition from Europe to the Pacific Northwest for a summer season of seven- to 11-night Alaska cruises. Regent is currently offering a promotion on 10- and 11-night Alaska cruises (departing May through September 2018) booked before March 31. Passengers who book a Deluxe Veranda Suite will be upgraded to a Concierge Suite, and receive Concierge-level amenities, including a one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay.
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor